What role should the media play in the Iraq war? Tim Robbins, star of "The Shawshank Redemption" and "Mystic River", wrote and produced "Embedded Live", a satirical look at our prime-time war. It examines the accuracy of the media's reporting as a result of embedding journalists. We also talk with 24-year-old David Enders, an independent, un-embedded journalist who moved to Iraq two years ago to start the first post-invasion English-language news outlet in Iraq. He... Topics: Mother Jones, Radio, Interview, bush, iraq, media, Tim Robbins, journalists, Green Zone, Downing...
John Dean gained fame as the former Nixon legal counsel who became the star witness in the Watergate prosecution. Now he's back in the spotlight with a new book that claims the Republican party is being run by extremist "conservatives without conscience." Dean tells why he's optimistic that the party can move back to the center. Also, the IRS is slashing the number of auditors who work on gift and estate taxes -- in other words, taxes for the wealthiest Americans. Does this amount to... Topics: Mother Jones, Radio, Interview, blog, politics
Scooter Libby is just the tip of the iceberg. There's a whole neocon machine of lies and distortions called the Office of Special Plans, built to get us into war with Iraq. It's linked to familiar names like Cheney, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz and yes, Libby. Mother Jones writer Robert Dreyfuss explains. Also, just how bad could the avian flu epidemic get, and does the US have a chance at being prepared? We check in with Mike Davis, author of "Monster at our Door: The Global Threat of Avian... Topics: Mother Jones, Radio, Interview, avian flu, cheney, epidemic, iraq, neoconservativism, rumsfeld,...
President Bush says the U.S. doesn't torture, but five Army Rangers are the latest to be charged with beating detainees. Bush says the U.S. doesn't torture, but it sounds like he wants to keep the option open for the CIA. Bush says the U.S. doesn't torture, but Republican and Democrat Senators alike are signing on to reform interrogation guidelines. This week, Mother Jones spends the whole hour finding the truth about torture and detainees. We speak with former CIA analyst Mel Goodman, attorney... Topics: Mother Jones, Radio, Interview, bush, detainees, genocide, military, torture, Army, detainees, CIA,...
What happens when 3000 leading progressives come together? We give you the answer, broadcasting from the Take Back America conference in Washington, DC. Host Angie Coiro speaks with insiders who have their fingers on the pulse of today's progressive movement. Progressive Majority leader Gloria Totten makes an argument for why liberals shouldn't give up on the Democrats. Sunlight Foundation director Ellen Miller tells us how corruption is changing voters' attitudes about the fall elections. We... Topics: Mother Jones, Radio, Interview, democrats, progressive, liberal, election
This week on Mother Jones Radio, we're cutting through the blather on the indictment of House Majority Leader Tom DeLay. Mother Jones writer Lou Dubose explains the scandal behind the headlines. What's the evidence? Is DeLay's defense credible? And is Austin D.A. Ronnie Earle really the "partisan Democrat" that Republican talking points make him out to be? Plus, we talk with Dr. Price Cobbs, author of "My American Life: From Rage to Entitlement." Cobbs was the co-author of... Topics: Mother Jones, Radio, Interview, tom delay, scandal, Republican, racism, White House
Finally, military families' protest against the Iraq war has moved into the headlines. One bereaved mother camped out near George Bush's Texas ranch has helped focus attention on families' dissatisfaction with the war. Does Cindy Sheehan's protest in Crawford mean a turning point for America? Mother Jones Radio talks to Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-California), gets a live update from Baghdad correspondent David Enders, and checks in with veterans and military families who oppose the war. Host... Topics: Mother Jones, Radio, Interview, bush, iraq, military, Cindy Sheehan, anti-war
What are the benefits and challenges of eating a local, sustainable diet? We speak with Michael Pollan, author of "Omnivore's Dilemma," who argues that we should think globally and eat locally. And Joel Salatin, the organic farmer Pollan wrote about in his recent Mother Jones article, checks in from his farm in Virginia. Plus, Jane Goodall tells us why she's still optimistic about the future of the environment, even in the face of today's environmental troubles. She's inspired by... Topics: Mother Jones Radio, sustainable, Michael Pollan, Jane Goodall, environment, Iraq, military...
Is detainee abuse committed by a handful of soldiers, or is it a widespread problem in the military? Some military insiders say it's commonplace, and have gone public with the help of Human Rights Watch. We talk to HRW's senior military analyst, Marc Garlasco, who before 2003 spent seven years at the Pentagon as an intelligence analyst. Garlasco tells the story of three army officers who witnessed prisoner abuse, including the breaking of a detainee's legs with a baseball bat. The officers... Topics: Mother Jones, Radio, Interview, detainees, military, pentagon, rights, scotus, torture, John...
On Christmas day, Mother Jones Radio brings you a touch of sanity in the midst of your holiday craziness. Join us for a sermon from Reverend Billy of the Church of Stop Shopping; a righteous gift list from political satirist Will Durst; and a Mother Jones glimpse of American spending and giving with editor Clara Jeffery. Also, we'll hear from the nation's first lobbyist for athiests, Lori Lipman Brown, and from the president of the Center for the New American Dream, Betsy Taylor. Plus, we hear... Topics: Mother Jones, Radio, Interview, american dream, christmas, political satire
This weekend on Mother Jones Radio, Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer on what it means now to be a Democrat – and how that's different from just months ago. Also, why do some people so rabidly hate Hillary Clinton? Mother Jones and "This American Life" contributor Jack Hitt explains. And we talk to Josh Rushing – once a Marine in Iraq, now a correspondent for Al Jazeera's new English-language channel. Plus, we speak with the president of the Women's Funding Network about the power... favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 3 reviews ) Topics: Montana, Democrats, Hillary Clinton, Iraq, Marines, Al Jazeera, Women's Organizations
Check out our interviews with Michael Kazin on populism, Mark Levine on net neutrality, and Amy Sullivan on progressive evangelicals. Plus, listen as our own Angie Coiro co-hosts the Peter B. Collins Show on day one and day two of the conference. Topics: Mother Jones, Radio, Interview, politics, progressive
This week, we get to the roots of the conflict caused by the Danish Mohammed cartoons. We speak with Leena El-Ali, director of the Muslim-Western relations program at Search for Common Ground. Plus, we investigate the growing list of officials who have resigned or been pushed out by the Bush administration. TomDispatch.com editor Nick Turse tells us why the list is so large - 243 and growing. Also, we put President Clinton's economic advisor in the hot seat. Gene Sperling is the author of... favoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Mother Jones, Radio, Interview, bush, cartoons, cheney, democratic party, iraq, war veterans
Writer Gore Vidal is an outspoken critic of the Bush administration. He argues that the media "take everything the president says seriously. And of course, the dreadful vice president, who is in love with torture such as I've never seen...I mean, a real S&M administration is going on." Vidal tells us why he'll take to the streets on October 5 in support of World Can't Wait, and organization which wants to see Bush removed from office. Also, we talk to Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady,... Topics: Gore Vidal, Bush administration, Jesus Camp, evangelical, politics, student, activists, student...
Did the founding fathers intend for America to be a Christian nation? No, says Mother Jones writer Susan Jacoby. The founders purposefully created the world's first secular government. Learn what the religious right doesn't want you to know about the Constitution and its authors' thoughts on religion. Plus, opponents of the death penalty have gained a powerful ally: Catholics. How many of them oppose the death penalty, and what are they doing about it? We speak with Mother Jones writer Sara... Topics: Mother Jones, Radio, Interview, death penalty, founding fathers, Christian, church and state,...
Jeff Goodell, author of "Big Coal: The Dirty Secret Behind America's Energy Future," has a reality check for George Bush on this week's show: "The idea of coal as an alternative fuel is hilarious. There is nothing alternative about coal. It's the rock that fueled the industrial revolution." Also, we meet Mother Jones' new Washington bureau chief James Ridgeway, fresh from the Village Voice. We check in with Mother Jones correspondent Ken Miller, whose article in the current... Topics: Mother Jones, Radio, Interview, coal, iraq, alaska
Bill Wiseman wrote the first bill in America to legalize execution by lethal injection 30 years ago - and he regrets it. He was trying to make capital punishment kinder, but today he believes he made it easier. Now an Episcopal priest, Wiseman tells Angie why he opposes the death penalty and what he's doing about it. Journalist Vince Beiser, who profiled Wiseman for Mother Jones tells us about the priest's work. Plus, Mother Jones contributor Barry Yeoman tells us about Republican lobbyist Jack... Topics: Mother Jones, Radio, Interview, bush, death penalty, political satire, tom delay, Jack Abramoff,...
This week, we take a critical look at BS in politics and in our daily lives. Angie talks first to New York Times columnist Paul Krugman about the BS surrounding the Karl Rove investigation. He tells us he's learned that "if you say two plus two equals four, and that happens to be inconvenient for the Bush administration, then instantly you are a villain, a partisan hack and probably corrupt, and have questionable sexual practices." Next, Angie talks to Laura Penny, the author of... Topics: Mother Jones, Radio, Interview, bush, cartoons, karl rove, Paul Krugman, New York Times, Mark Fiore
We talk to Swanee Hunt, Bill Clinton's ambassador to Austria, about her new memoir, "Half-Life of a Zealot," and her work empowering women around the world to fight for peace. Also, Mother Jones writer and filmmaker Brian Palmer talks about how U.S. Marines are trained to deal with the situation on the ground in Iraq. Plus, UC-Berkeley's Zachary Shore explains why Europe is the breeding ground for radical Islam. He joins us to talk about his book, "Breeding Bin Ladens: America,... Topics: Radical Islam, U.S. Marines, Iraq, empowering women, San Francisco values
This week, we debut our special coverage on the future of the world's oceans. We talk with Julia Whitty, whose article "Fate of the Ocean" shows how humans are pushing seas to the brink. Whitty weighs in on what humans can do to reverse the massive ecological changes we've put in place. Plus, how did Achmed Chalabi con the New York Times into believing Saddam was training foreign fighters to hijack airplanes? He presented them with a defecting Iraqi "general" -- who turns... Topics: Mother Jones, Radio, Interview, bush, environment, hijack, iraq
Mother Jones' special oceans cover story exposed the problems facing the world's seas. So how about some solutions? The "Ocean Champions," two longtime ocean advocates, specialize in solving the oceans' dilemmas. Plus, Bruce Franklin explains how a football tycoon took George H.W. Bush's oil company and used it to declare war on the fish that built America. Also, 2002 Time Person of the Year Coleen Rowley is the plainspoken FBI whistleblower who exposed the agency's failure to act... Topics: Mother Jones, Radio, Interview, 9-11, bush, iraq, pacifism, whistleblower
This week, we check in on Afghanistan with Sarah Chayes, who recently authored "The Punishment of Virtue: Inside Afghanistan After the Taliban." Also, writer and environmentalist Bill McKibben takes a look at whether corporate social responsibility is for real — or if it's just "greenwashing." Plus, some American highways are being sold off to the highest bidder, leaving multinationals and Wall Street firms sitting happy on piles of cash. Interstate 90 in Indiana, the... favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Afghanistan, Taliban, American infrastructure, privatization, Pinochet
It's the security, stupid! U.S. port security is so ineffective, ports could be run by Dubai or Donald Duck - cargo still wouldn't be screened properly. Matthew Brzezinski, author of "Fortress America: An Inside Look at the Coming Surveillance State," tells us the truth about the Dubai ports deal. Is it really a risk? What are the facts about port security in America, and how can we fix the gaps? Also, economist James Galbraith tells us that "quitting Iraq won't undo the real... Topics: Mother Jones, Radio, Interview, environment, iraq, privacy
In the premiere broadcast, Mother Jones Radio exposes junk scientists and pseudo-journalists who say global warming is a hoax - and who get millions of dollars from ExxonMobil. Investigative journalist Ross Gelbspan discusses why mainstream media coverage of global warming has failed. Chris Mooney, author of "The Republican War on Science," tells us how ExxonMobil is one of the last - and loudest - holdouts in the campaign to deny the dangers of global warming. Plus, we'll talk to Dr.... Topics: Mother Jones, Radio, Interview, Global warming, Oil, whistleblower
Iraq will be the number one issue in the November election, says Brian Katulis, senior fellow at the Center for American Progress. He explains why the CAP's Iraq Report Card finds Iraq "on the brink of collapse with growing violence, increased sectarian tensions, divisions in the Iraqi national government, and few significant advances in Iraq's economic reconstruction." Plus, we talk to two of the heroes of "Hacking Democracy," a new film about electronic voting fraud. Bev... Topics: Iraq, mid-term election, voting fraud, Amir Abbas Fakhravar, Iran
How do blogs affect politics, and how will that change in years to come? We probe the power of blogs as a progressive force -- how can they cause real political change? We hear from media analyst Jay Rosen, author of the blog PressThink. And we talk to Connecticut Democrat Ned Lamont, who's taking on Joe Lieberman in the Senate primary. Lamont's campaign has gained steam with help from blogs -- including his own. Plus, blogger Glenn Greenwald talks about his new book, "How Would a Patriot... Topics: Mother Jones, Radio, Interview, blog, politics
This week's show: Representative John Conyers talks to us about Iraq and political corruption. With the bribery charges swirling around Democratic Rep. William Jefferson, can the Democrats continue to claim the political high road? Next, we meet Paul Rusesabagina, the hotel manager whose story inspired the movie "Hotel Rwanda." He weighs in about his new book and the current situation in Darfur. Plus: The directors of "The War Tapes" gave cameras to five American soldiers... Topics: Mother Jones, Radio, Interview, Iraq, politics, Darfur
Mother Jones Washington bureau chief James Ridgeway thinks Capitol Hill is overdue for the next blockbuster investigation. In his article "Sweet Subpoena," he outlines nine different issues Congress should investigate -- if it ever gets the guts. He tells us that Congress should check out "who's being surveilled, when did it start, what's the purpose of this, who's involved, and so on." Find out what other investigations top his list. Also, Middle East correspondent David... Topics: Mother Jones, Radio, Interview, Lebanon, politics, Mexico, border
Iraq correspondent David Enders says that as Iraq disintegrates, some locals believe the U.S. caused the chaos on purpose. "Just as we seem to think of Al Qaeda and other movements as entirely nihilistic, I think people here begin to see Americans in very much the same light." Plus, Common Cause president Chellie Pingree has a plan to reform lobbying and prevent the next Jack Abramoff. But it will require lawmakers to give up big perks. Can her simple five-step plan clean up... Topics: Mother Jones, Radio, Interview, al-qaeda, environment, iraq, nihilism, Jack Abramoff, scandal,...
Who wants to invade Iran? Joe Cirincione of the Center for American Progress says the neoconservatives want to, but he doesn't think they'll succeed: "I don't believe that the neocons for all their big bluster, for all their big lie techniques, are going to be able to do to us what they did in 2001 and 2003." Plus, Suellen Miller says a simple, $150 device can save the lives of thousands of women around the world who are at risk from dying during childbirth. Miller explains the... Topics: Mother Jones, Radio, Interview, blog, politics, Iran, women, global warming, progressive
Are police and lawmakers doing enough to stop domestic violence? We'll hear from Patricia Prickett, a domestic violence prevention advocate who has accompanied police on over a thousand domestic violence calls. We'll also hear from journalist Sara Catania, who writes about domestic violence in the July/August issue of Mother Jones. Plus, investigative journalist Peter Byrne exposes the military's new tactics for spying on American civilians. He reveals that under Bush, the Pentagon can... Topics: Mother Jones, Radio, Interview, bush, domestic violence, military, pentagon, privacy, surveillance
This week, the fight over global warming went all the way to the Supreme Court. The Bush administration says greenhouse gases don't pollute. Twelve states and multiple environmental groups say they do – and that they must be regulated. We check in with Natural Resources Defense Council's lead counsel for the case, David Doniger. Plus, Sridhar Pappu tells us about his new Mother Jones article, "Lou Dobbs Turns on the CEOs." Sara Shipley Hiles and Marina Walker Guevara expose how one... Topics: global warming, greenhouse gases, outsourcing pollution, Lou Dobbs, Bush administration, exonerated
Independent journalist Dahr Jamail is reporting for Mother Jones from southern Lebanon. He talks with us about the latest political developments in the current Middle East conflict, and tells us what things look like on the ground. Also, is the Bush administration looking for good intelligence on Iran -- or for faulty intelligence that will support an invasion? We talk to Laura Rozen, whose recent article exposed how several U.S. officials sought bad intelligence from a known liar who played a... Topics: Mother Jones, Radio, Interview, politics
Investigative reporter Robert Dreyfuss exposes the causes of the developing tension between Iran and the US. "The problem is that you are dealing with two regimes run by fundamentalists: one ours and the other theirs." Plus, we talk sex with Christina Page, author of "How the Pro-Choice Movement Saved America." She argues that fundamentalist movements -- be they anti-gay or anti-choice -- have one thing in common: They're anti-sex. Then, Mother Jones deputy editor Clara... Topics: Mother Jones, Radio, Interview, NSA, bush, human trading
What has the political saga around Hurricane Katrina taught politicians, the media, and American citizens? When even Fox News reporters are angrily condemning the government's response, will the Bush administration retain any credibility? Judd Legum of the Center for American Progress' "Progress Report" discusses the media's coverage of FEMA's failure. University of Texas-Austin professor Robert Jensen, talks about race and the media in the wake of Katrina, whose victims in New... Topics: Mother Jones, Radio, Interview, 9-11, FEMA, bush, fox news, hurricane, katrina, military, new...
We talk to linguist George Lakoff, who argues that conservatives and liberals have very different definitions of the word "freedom." "There is a radically different and frightening notion of what extremists on the right call 'freedom' shaping our culture and our political life," he warns. Lakoff talks about the right's use of the word and decodes a July 7 statement by George Bush on "freedom" in Iraq. We also hear from Harlan Ullman of the Center for Strategic and... Topics: Mother Jones, Radio, Interview, blog, politics
John Perkins describes himself as an economic hit man. For years, his job was to convince developing nations to take large loans for development projects, and then guarantee the projects would go to U.S. corporations like Halliburton. He exposes the "highly paid professionals who cheat countries around the globe out of trillions of dollars" via "fraudulent financial reports, rigged elections, payoffs, extortion, sex, and murder." Plus, after 35 years as Nebraska's only black... Topics: Mother Jones, Radio, Interview, halliburton, rigged elections, John Perkins, economic hit man
Mother Jones contributor Robert Dreyfuss argues that the Bush administration's conflict with Iran has little to do with nukes, and a lot to do with empire-building. "You have to wonder why the Middle East is always the center of so much attention when it's such a big world out there. It *might* have something to do with the fact that two-thirds of the world's oil comes from the Persian Gulf." Next, Rolling Stone contributing editor Tim Dickinson says that Bush's support of an anti-gay... Topics: Mother Jones, Radio, Interview, election, media, gay marriage, Iran
Angie Coiro takes a close look at Supreme Court nominee John Roberts. Does he fit the neocon profile of "business first, people last?" Washington correspondent Michael Scherer and People For the American Way president Ralph Neas tell us why Roberts might be "Scalia in wolf's clothing." Plus, we look how business took over Texas law so blatantly that it made a consumer activist out of a lifelong Republican. Jordan Fogal, a 59-year old grandmother, began picketing on the... Topics: Mother Jones, Radio, Interview, neoconservativism, palestine, scotus, John Roberts, Homeowners
This season's first tropical storm was just announced off the Gulf Coast. Is New Orleans ready? Sue Sturgis of the Institute for Southern Studies says no. The institute's new report details how far behind the region is in preparing for the next big hurricane or storm. Also, progressive independent journalist Greg Palast explains why George Bush likes expensive oil. Palast says thet Bush likes it so much, he's turned down much cheaper stuff. Plus, former Texas lieutenant governor Ben Barnes... Topics: Mother Jones, Radio, Interview, Bush, oil, border, immigration, New Orleans
Sonali Kolhatkar, author "Bleeding Afghanistan: Washington, Warlords, and the Propaganda of Silence," argues that "the sheer presence of U.S. troops in Afghanistan has caused an increase in violence in the last five years." She tells us that troops are "going door to door, kicking down doors. They're rounding up men in communities. They're detaining them, they're torturing them, they're taking intelligence from one set of tribal leaders who might have troubles with... Topics: Afghanistan, Taliban, Iran, Lebanon, Republican, foreclosure
This long Fourth of July weekend, we give thanks to the labor movement for bringing us weekends and holidays. But have today's unions lost all their power? Angie Coiro talks to journalist JoAnn Wypijewski, who writes about the labor movement's current crisis in the July/August issue of Mother Jones. Former UAW executive board member Jerry Tucker tells us why a much-ballyhooed shakeup at the AFL-CIO might just be "rearranging deck chairs on a ship that may or may not be sinking."... Topics: Mother Jones, Radio, Interview, labor movement, unions, AFL-CIO, UAW, Longshoremen, workaholic
This week, we bring you a Mother Jones exclusive report: Are you safe in a Boeing aircraft? Chances are, when you fly, it's in a Boeing plane. Now whistleblowers are saying some of the planes are dangerous. They allege that planes were made with faulty parts, and that those planes have got to be grounded immediately. Investigative editor Sheila Kaplan explains. Meanwhile, in Ohio, Iraq war veteran and rising Democratic star Paul Hackett took up the party's invitation to run for Senate. Why is... Topics: Mother Jones, Radio, Interview, democratic party, iraq, war veterans, whistleblower, Boeing, Paul...